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TORONTO -- Kelvim Escobar dominated his former team like no other pitcher has this season.
Toronto was shut out for the first time this season.
"They might be the hottest lineup in baseball right now and for us to get a game from Escobar like that, it's big for us," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "He pitched a terrific game."
Escobar (4-2) allowed just three hits, while striking out six and walking two in 6 2/3 innings.
"That's as good as you can probably get right there," Toronto catcher Bengie Molina said.
Escobar appeared headed for his first shutout, but he left after Shea Hillenbrand lined a ball off his right leg for a hit in the seventh.
He doesn't think it will be a problem in his next start.
"It hit me pretty good. It got me above the ankle. My foot went numb right away and I couldn't continue," Escobar said. "I just have to ice it."
Escobar spent seven seasons with Toronto before signing with the Angels after the 2003 season. He is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.
"I had fun here. It was my first team. It's always good to get a 'W' against your former team," Escobar said.
Salmon went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk in his first start in right field since July 25, 2004. He missed all of last season because of shoulder and knee injuries.
"Hey, I'm just thankful for anything that comes along these days. If it's DH-ing or pinch-hitting or playing the field once a month, I'll take it and enjoy it," Salmon said.
Salmon homered off Ted Lilly (3-2) in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
He entered the game in a 3-for-24 slump. The Angels had lost seven of their last eight because of a struggling offense.
Scioscia said Salmon likely won't play the outfield for some time.
"It make take him a month to recover, but we'll get him out there again if we get a chance," Scioscia said.
Lilly looked sharp but took the loss, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings.
Cabrera walked again in the eighth and scored on Guerrero's RBI double.
|Tim Salmon hits a solo HR, though the Angels fail to score more than three for the fifth time in six. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, LF||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.281|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||2||2||0||0||2||0||2||.277|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.333|
|Tim Salmon, RF||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.274|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.164|
|Robb Quinlan, 1B-RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.290|
|Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.114|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.150|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.375|
|Tommy Murphy, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.364|
|2B - Vladimir Guerrero (2, Speier)|
|HR - Tim Salmon (4, Lilly)|
|RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (28), Tim Salmon (6), Robb Quinlan (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Robb Quinlan (1)|
|SB - Orlando Cabrera (7, 2nd base off Lilly/Molina), Tommy Murphy (1, 2nd base off Rosario/Molina)|
|CS - Robb Quinlan (1, 2nd base by Lilly/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Napoli-Kendrick, Cabrera-Kendrick-Kotchman|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Kelvim Escobar (W,4-2)||6.2||3||0||0||2||6||0||2.78|
|Scot Shields (H,8)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.02|
|Francisco Rodriguez (S,9)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.84|
|WP - Kelvim Escobar (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 93-57, Scot Shields 7-5, Francisco Rodriguez 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 7-6, Scot Shields 2-2, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 24, Scot Shields 4, Francisco Rodriguez 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.396|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.364|
|Vernon Wells, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.367|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.275|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.294|
|Shea Hillenbrand, DH||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.357|
|Bengie Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.286|
|Russ Adams, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.218|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.342|
|John McDonald, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242|
|a-flied out for Hill in the 8th|
|2B - Alex Rios (10, Escobar)|
|CS - Vernon Wells (3, 2nd base by Escobar/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Molina-Hill|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ted Lilly (L,3-2)||7||5||2||2||3||6||1||3.18|
|IBB - Salmon by Ted Lilly|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 106-65, Justin Speier 16-10, Francisco Rosario 18-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 4-10, Justin Speier 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 28, Justin Speier 5, Francisco Rosario 4|
|Attendance - 29761|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|